Amateur baseball: Wilmont, Heron Lake get league wins
WILMONT — The Wilmont Cardinals kept their current hot streak going Wednesday with a Gopher League thrashing of the Tracy Express.
Matt King of Wilmont and Tracy’s Andrew Mathiowetz matched each other blow-for-blow on the mound in the early going, but the Cardinal bats finally figured Mathiowetz out in the third. There, they plated two runs before picking up one more in the fourth to carry a 3-0 lead into the fifth.
King continued to cruise, not allowing much of anything to Tracy as his offense pushed the lead. In the bottom of the fifth, it did more than back him up. It put the game to rest.
Nick Ahrens pounded a two-run double to set the wheels of a big inning in motion. Jay Scheidt followed him with a single before Lucas Henning and Blake Rogers followed with two more doubles, giving Wilmont three doubles in four at-bats.
When the Express finally recorded the third out, Wilmont had extended the lead to 11-0 and was well on its way to the win.
The Cardinals failed to score in the sixth, but their bullpen kept Tracy in check as it finished off the shutout.
King picked up the win for the Cardinals, allowing no runs while scattering seven hits and striking out five over five innings of work.
Rogers and Henning packed the most punch at the plate. Rogers had a monster day, going 4-for-4 with three doubles, three RBIs and a run scored. Henning wasn’t bad himself, finishing the evening 2-for-4 with a pair of two-baggers, three RBIs and two runs scored.
Wilmont will be back on its home field on Sunday when it hosts the Pipestone A’s. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. in the Gopher League battle.
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Tracy 000 000 0 — 0 7 1
Wilmont 002 180 x — 11 13 0
Heron Lake 3, Lakefield 1
LAKEFIELD — After a sloppy start, Wednesday’s First Nite League clash between Heron Lake and Lakefield turned into a pitcher’s duel.
All four runs scored in the ballgame came in the first inning and a half. As it turned out, the three runs for the Lakers was enough to take down the Horned Frogs.
Lakefield grabbed the early lead with a single run in the bottom of the first but Heron Lake came back with three in the second to take the lead for good.
Lakers’ starting pitcher Lon Eichenberger was in command after the first. He went eight innings and struck out 10 before giving way to Alex Meyer for the save. D. D. Pronk took the loss for Lakefield.
Joey Kinley finished the game 2-for-4 at the plate for Heron Lake. Octavio Jimenez added a 1-for-3 night with two stolen bases and a run scored.
R H E
HL 030 000 000 — 3 6 0
Lkfld 100 000 000 — 1 6 0